Your granite coutertops have been sealed. Most natural stone should be sealed every 1-4 years, with some requiring less frequent sealing.
Dos and Don'ts
DO Clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap.
DO Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing.
DO Blot up spills immediately.
DON'T Use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids.
DON'T Use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners.
DON'T Use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
DON'T place hot items directly on the stone surface for stone retains heat, Granite is highly heat resistant.
DON'T use your granite countertops as a cutting board for it will dull your knives.
DON'T Mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.
DON'T Ever mix chemicals together unless directions specifically instruct you to do so.
If cleaners aren’t enough to remove dried food, paint, glues, etc., from your tops a safety razor blade may be used.
Using slight pressure and laying the blade almost flat is frequently enough to remove these residues.
Scratching and staining on granite surfaces is rare because of the material’s hardness. If you have stained your stone, don’t worry. As it is a natural stone and has porosity, the stain may be removed by reversing the staining. Stains should be identified and treated as soon as possible. For more information, please give us a call us at 704-458-3088
or visit the Marble Institute of America website www.marble-institute.com
Quartz is nonporous, your countertops will never need sealing.
Simply clean your Quartz surface using a clean, soft cloth or sponge with a mild dish-soap diluted in warm water. Your Quartz is naturally resistant to surface staining from cooking oils, wine, coffee, etc. In most cases, a mild dish-soap and water is enough to keep your Quartz looking clean. Afterwards, thoroughly rinse with clean water and dry with soft cloth or paper towel to prevent spotting. For best results, clean as you go, removing liquid spills and dried foods as soon as possible.
In case you forgot to clean a stubborn spill: We recommend that you scrape away any residue with a plastic putty knife. Then use a mild household cleaner, such as 409®, Fantastik®, Lysol®, or Windex®. Soak the area for up to 10 minutes with one of the above cleaners and vigorously wipe away with a non scratch Scotch Brite® pad.
While casual exposure to acid or alkaline materials will not damage Quartz, high alkaline (high-pH) or acidic (low-pH) cleansers are not recommended. They are not necessary to clean or sanitize your Quartz surface.
Do not expose Quartz to products like bleach, oven cleaners, Comet®, Soft Scrub®, SOS®, products with pumice, batteries, paint removers, furniture strippers, tarnish or silver cleaners, or the like. Do not use abrasive or harsh scrub pads. Do not apply any sealers, penetrates or topical treatments to Quartz under any circumstances. Such products will wear off and may cause an aesthetically unpleasing appearance.
Quartz is highly heat resistant. However, no Quartz countertop surface is completely unaffected by any kind of direct heat. You must use a trivet or hot-pad to insure protection for countertop surface from heated cookware. Do not use crock pots or electric skillets while in direct contact with your Quartz. Always place heated cookware on a trivet or cutting board to protect your countertop. Certain exposure to heat may cause damage due to thermal shock. Quartz is durable and resistant surface. However, all stones can be damaged by force and no stone is chip or scratch-proof. Objects hitting edges particularly at sinks or dishwashers may cause chips. Do not use knifes, Quartz is not scratchproof. Surface markings are more visible on darker and homogenous colors than multi-colored surfaces. Quartz should not be used as a cutting surface. You must use a cutting board that is appropriate for your cutting tools.
Quartz can only be use indoors.
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